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Eugene twins dedicate birthday to animals

McKenzie and Ellie Tubbs decided that for their 12th birthday, they would help local animals without homes or families.

Posted: Jan 21, 2019 10:03 PM
Updated: Jan 22, 2019 10:51 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Twin girls in Eugene are celebrating their 12th birthday on Tuesday, but this year they wanted to make it about others -- specifically, animals.

McKenzie and Ellie Tubbs were watching a morning show on the Hallmark Channel when they saw a segment about animal adoptions. They said that got them thinking about animals in our area.

So, when thinking about what they wanted for their upcoming birthday, they knew they didn't need anything.

"We already have all we need because our mom and dad are very, very nice," McKenzie said.

"We were watching a movie on the Hallmark channel, so it reminded us of all the dogs out on the streets and all the dogs in shelters cold and hungry," Ellie said.

That show gave them an idea.

"So we thought, instead of toys and gifts, how about to help out all the dogs in shelters that don't have homes," Ellie said.

Their dad, Travis Tubbs, said the girls went to work creating birthday party invitations for their family.

"They actually hand-wrote every invitation on the back, asking their family for donations and what specifically they were going to use them for," Travis said.

Their family answered the call. Some made donations directly to Greenhill Humane Society, totaling around $150. They also gave the girls about $150 worth of items like collars, bedding, blankets, dog food, dog bowls and about $500 in cash and gift cards to buy more.

Now, the Tubbs twins just have to go get their gifts and give them out.

Their family said couldn't be more proud.

"They're little miracle workers," Travis said. "It's going to make some little animals happy, and it's exciting."

"I'm proud of them for giving stuff to other animals that don't have any stuff, and I love you Ellie and McKenzie," their brother Brody said.

"I just wanted to say thank you," their brother Riley said. "Thank you for caring about other animals."

Ellie and McKenzie said they'll likely be buying and distributing those gifts over the next week and said you can help by making donations of your own or adopting an animal from your local shelter.

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